I have been using Xiphos as my Bible app on my laptop for quite a while. Ubuntu 20.04 left me with quite a surprise when it wasn’t found!
$ sudo apt install xiphos [sudo] password for skp: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package xiphos
I’m thinking that it has to do with some dependencies that are outdated, but I’m not sure.
I found though that I could manually compile Xiphos and it still works just fine. Here are the commands that I used…
First, I need to make sure some packages are installed:
sudo apt install git \ appstream-util \ cmake \ g++ \ desktop-file-utils \ fp-utils \ gsettings-desktop-schemas-dev \ intltool \ itstool \ libdbus-glib-1-dev \ libenchant-dev \ libgail-3-dev \ libglade2-dev \ libgtk-3-dev \ libminizip-dev \ libsword-dev \ libwebkit2gtk-4.0-dev \ libxml2-dev \ libxml2-utils \ make \ python-dev \ curl
Next, I needed to create a number of directories. Several dependencies need to be built in their own directories first. Then, I need a blank directory in which to build Xiphos itself.
cd ~/Downloads mkdir xiphos-build cd xiphos-build mkdir build mkdir gtkhtml mkdir biblesync git clone https://github.com/crosswire/xiphos.git
Now that the directory structure is in place, I need gtkhtml. I built it with this:
cd gtkhtml curl -Ls -o gtkhtml-4.10.0.tar.xz https://download.gnome.org/sources/gtkhtml/4.10/gtkhtml-4.10.0.tar.xz tar xf gtkhtml-4.10.0.tar.xz cd gtkhtml-4.10.0 ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --libexecdir=/usr/lib/gtkhtml4 --localstatedir=/var --disable-static make -j2 sudo make install
Next, Biblesync is another requirement:
cd ../../biblesync curl -Ls -o biblesync-1.2.0.tar.gz https://github.com/karlkleinpaste/biblesync/archive/1.2.0.tar.gz tar xf biblesync-1.2.0.tar.gz cd biblesync-1.2.0 mkdir -p build cd build
Finally, I built Xiphos itself. I had an issue with the html requirement. I had to add the “-DGTKHTML=ON” option to get around that.
cmake -DGTKHTML=ON -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=TRUE -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr -DLIBDIR=/usr/lib ../xiphos make -j2 sudo make install cd ../../../build swig uuid-dev uuid-runtime yelp-tools xzip cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr -DWEBKIT1=ON ../xiphos make -j$(nproc) sudo make install
So, this at least got Xiphos installed. I wish it were easier, but at least I have it working. Please comment if you see something I could have done better or if you have details on why it was removed from the Ubuntu repositories.
I was able to connect with one of the developers on IRC. It looks like the GtkHTML dependency was the issue that knocked it out of the repositories for Ubuntu 20.04. He pointed me to their mailing list. Here’s a personal PPA, but it’s probably better to build it.